Choosing to buy natural cosmetics means not only to love nature but often also to adopt a different lifestyle. For this reason, those who prefer natural cosmetics decide to buy eco-sustainable clothes, reduce waste to the minimum, be Zero-Waste, avoid plastic and recycle materials. Basically a life oriented towards an eco-sustainable life. It’s not easy to switch our habits so I’m sharing a guideline for zero-waste beginners based on my experience. 🙂
With small actions it’s possible to make big changes
My first step is to reduce plastic! As you know plastic is everywhere, even where it shouldn’t be. If you want to know more about it, just have a look at my previous post.
My personal opinion about plastic is that it’s a very useful material but it should be used consciously. First of all recycle it and do your part. Otherwise, just try to avoid it preferring biodegradable materials.
Let’s start with my suggestions for a
Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners
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1. Beeswax’s wraps
The Beeswax wraps are made mainly of organic cotton and beeswax. They are compostable and are used to replace the common plastic wraps that we normally use to cover leftovers. The beeswax wraps are reusable and pliable. Honestly I was skeptical about washing them but it was easier than I thought. It was enough to wash them with water and they were ready to be used again. If you are interested in similar items, you can find them here.
2. Bamboo Dish Brush
I don’t know why I didn’t buy it before! The bamboo dish brush is a great alternative to replace the ordinary sponges! It doesn’t produce micro-plastic like the common sponges and removes the dirt easily and quickly. I changed sponges roughly every 2-3 weeks, buying a new set every 2 months and spending per year about 30€ in sponges >.< The bamboo brush indeed lasts for months. Mine is still as the first day after 2 months. If you are interested in similar items, you can find them here.
3. Re-Usable Bamboo Towels
The re-usable bamboo towels are a great eco alternative to replace paper towels avoiding useless plastic packaging. They are made of organic bamboo, can be easily washed, dried and reused up to 85 times. By using them we don’t just save money but also help the environment. It’s a win to win situation and I would give this product a chance. If you are interested in similar item, you can find it here.
4. Stainless Steel Water Bottle
A stainless steel water bottle is a great way to stop buying plastic bottles. I find it really useful and not exaggeratedly heavy when it’s completely full. I bring it with me also when I go to the gym and I noticed that I’m not the only one that is using it! If you want to help the planet as well, and buy a stainless steel water bottle click here 🙂
5. Menstrual cup
For women: Last but not least the menstrual cup. I don’t consider menstruations a taboo. In my opinion, definitely one of the best invention of this century. Also the BBC has dedicated an article to it. You can read more about it here. I have to admit that switching to menstrual cup could be not the easiest thing. At the beginning it could be tricky to be comfortable with it but it’s just a matter of time and practice. My suggestion would be just to try it, giving the cup a chance and understand if it could be right for you. The menstrual cup lasts for 10 years, doesn’t contribute to generate garbage, and saves definitely your money! In the market there are lots of different cups, you can have a look and choose you favorite here.
6. Digital Card
Another way to be more eco-sustainable is to prefer digital products to paper ones. Recently I had the chance to try e-cards of the brand Paperless Post that gave me 200coins to try out their products. After trying it out, I highly recommend it!
I think it’s a great idea to send digital greetings or congratulations, and avoid those on paper. Let’s be honest. How many of us still keep cards or invitations received in these years? Maybe, we saved a couple of them because we got from very close people, but most of them were thrown away. Such a waste of paper!
In digital form we can easily store and review all greetings whenever we feel the need. Paperless Post offers a huge collection of cards, greetings, invitations and many e-cards are created by famous designers. I found the e-cards much more fun and I like the feature that they can be customised as wanted.
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These are only 5 items that can help you to move towards a lifestyle with less wastes and more awareness. They can be considered as a starting point to make our life but also the life of a new generations more sustainable. Let me know, if this article was useful, leave me a comment below.
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